…no that is not a phrase that would require a mouth washing with soap, it is when the South African electric company decides “we” need to save electricity and money so they randomly cut your power.
This week it has been cut every day at various times. The funny thing is they post when differing areas will be out of power at what time each day however there is some discrepancy (welcome to living in Africa) as never once has my power gone out when it was scheduled to.
One afternoon I arrived home with my two oldest and the power was out. It was lunch time and of course we could not decide on anything to eat that did not require some sort of cooking….this is when it would be nice if my kid’s were more American- like and ate peanut butter and jelly. So I offered to take them to McDonalds. Later Blake shared with his dad: “We had to go to McDonalds for lunch because it was the only place in the city that had power.” Yea, like I had to twist his arm. He remains disappointed now when he returns from school and we have power.
Yesterday, I awoke with my normal morning battle which consists of 2 alter-ego’s on my shoulders arguing and awaiting which will win me over. One is a mini-me adorned with a pony-tail, no make-up and in PJ’s; the other is mini-me in running shorts and sneakers. The argument- to work out OR not to work out. My healthy alter ego won out (this time) and I huffed it to the gym only to be met by a sign that read, “Gym closed, no electricity in the building.” I swear I heard someone say, “I told you, you should have listened to me.” And I had a vision of myself in my PJ's.
I returned home and guess what? Yep, my power was out. UGH!
Today, it cut at 6:15 a.m. so I declared it a hat day (love those). Not sure what tomorrow will hold but I will plan to stay in my PJ’s and forgo any activity causing much sweat or showering (lovely eh?!)
I wish I could divulge that this is why I have not blogged lately but frankly I’ve just been in the dark when it comes to posts. (Do I get points for the pun?) As I am sure you can tell as I just posted a LONG post on load shedding! Sorry, that is if anyone is still reading.